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Latinx Chicanx Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage MonthAlso known as the National Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinx Chicanx Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) honors the achievements of Hispanics. The terms Latinx and Chicanx have been adopted to be gender inclusive. The celebration was first authorized in 1968, when the U.S. Congress adopted a resolution asking the president of the United States annually to issue a proclamation designating a week in September including September 15 and 16 as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.” In 1988 Congress expanded the celebration to a 31-day period beginning September 15. The resolution calls “on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the celebrations of Independence Day in many Latin American countries—including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (September 15), Mexico (September 16), and Chile (September 18).  Read more

Famous People in Latinx and Chicanx History

Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez

Writer Julia Alvarez has expressed her feelings about her immigration to the United States. She was born in New York City of Dominican parents, who returned to their native land with their newborn daughter. Alvarez has used her dual experience as a starting point for the exploration of culture through writing. Full Bio

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Cofounder and first vice president of the United Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta (sometimes referred to as Dolores "Huelga, " Spanish for "strike") is the most prominent Chicana labor leader in the United States. Full Bio

 

Rodolfo

Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales was an activist and spokesperson for the Chicano movement in the United States. Because of its social impact, his only published work, the epic poem I Am Joaquín/Yo Soy Joaquín (1967), is often considered more of a social commentary than a literary work of art. Full Bio

César Chávez

César Chávez

César Chávez was a grass-roots labor organizer who rose from the ranks of California migrant workers to form and lead the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), it was the first effective agricultural union in the United States.  Full Bio

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

Gloria Anzaldua's strength as a Chicana lesbian writer and activist has long been based on a certain defiance of what is expected of her, a rejection of what popularly constitutes political correctness, and a steadfast refusal to accept any of the labels applied to her.  Full Bio

Julian Castro

Julian Castro

Julián Castro was elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas, in 2009 at the age of 35 being the youngest person ever elected mayor of a top 50 city. In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed him as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Full Bio

Lin Manuel Miranda

Lin Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American playwright, actor, composer, and performer. He became best known, as the creator of the critically acclaimed and popular musical Hamilton, for which he has received various awards, including two Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Full Bio

Latinx and Chicanx History Books @ MiraCosta Library

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics
Cheech Is Not My Real Name
La Nueva California
From inclusion to influence : latino representation in Congress and Latino political incorporation in America
An African American and Latinx History of the United States
Latinx Writing Los Angeles
Stranger
Latinas and Latinos on TV
Understanding the Latinx Experience
The Power of Latino Leadership
The Latino Generation
A Dream Called Home

Latinx and Chicanx History Films @ MiraCosta Library

Dolores

Dolores

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century--and she continues the fight to this day, at 87.

 

Stolen Education

Stolen Education

Stolen Education documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950's and changed the face of education in the Southwest.The film portrays the courage of these young people, testifying in an era when fear and intimidation were used to maintain racial hierarchy and control. The students won the case, but for almost sixty years the case was never spoken about in the farming community where they lived despite its significance.

Los Punks: We Are All We Have

Los Punks: We Are All We Have

From the producers of Dogtown and Z-Boys and Bones Brigade: An Autobiography comes a look at an expressive, explosive world that is known about but almost never entered by outsiders. The film, directed by renowned photographer Angela Boatwright, explores the young, mostly Hispanic, Punk scene in L.A. and finds an undeniably gritty, yet creative environment.

Abrazos

Abrazos

Even though they are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as all Americans, many of these children are growing up with the constant fear of separation from their parents. In addition, never having met their grandparents or other family members, they don't have a clear sense of who they are and their heritage. All of these things negatively impact their welfare and that of society.

The New Latinos

The New Latinos

Highlights the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.

Precious Knowledge

Precious Knowledge

Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School with interviews with teachers, parents, school officials, and the lawmakers who wish to outlaw the classes.

Being ñ

Being ñ

Being ñ explores the distinct, shared experience of 16 million people living in the U.S. today called Enyes (n)s. Enyes (n)s are first generation American-born Latinos with at least one parent from a Spanish -speaking country. A central theme of many Enyes' experience growing up in the U.S. is not feeling fully connected with either the mainstream American culture or with the culture of their parent's country of origin.